Daily Archives: August 28, 2014

The King of Cattle Forages

The King of Cattle Forages

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Silage has never gone out of fashion in Bath County, Kentucky, even when the lure of $6- to $8-per-bushel grain made many producers forget about chopping corn. This season, with grain prices down and beef at historically high levels, is a good time to give corn silage a second look.

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The Surprising Reason ‘Pink Slime’ Meat Is Back

The Surprising Reason ‘Pink Slime’ Meat Is Back

Josh Sanburn


On Aug. 18, BPI reopened one of its shuttered plants. While production is nowhere near pre-freak-out levels, when the product BPI calls “lean finely textured beef” was estimated to be in 70% of the ground beef sold in the U.S., the company has been gradually regaining business.

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Beef cattle producers have options with replacement heifers

Beef cattle producers have options with replacement heifers

Blair Fannin

Southwest Farm Press

Beef cattle producers may find themselves on the, well, horns of a dilemma regarding replacement heifers. They can raise them or sell them. They may want to “take the money and run,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist Stan Bevers, Vernon.

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Rising Calf Prices Warrant Attention to Fetal Protection

Rising Calf Prices Warrant Attention to Fetal Protection



“The fetus relies on the dam’s immune system for disease protection throughout most of the pregnancy,” said Jon Seeger, DVM, managing veterinarian with Zoetis. “Without protection, the fetus is at risk of abortion due to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus, as well as, birth defects or potentially becoming persistently infected (PI) with the bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus that can then shed and continue to infect the rest of the herd.”

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Using Ultrasound to Market and Manage Cows and Heifers

Using Ultrasound to Market and Manage Cows and Heifers

Robin Salverson

iGrow SDSU

The use of ultrasound in the beef industry is growing but the question remains, “How can it create more dollars in my pocket?” Traditionally open heifers and cows are sold after weaning when cull prices are at the seasonal low. – See more at:

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Breeding a drought-adapted cow

Breeding a drought-adapted cow

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

The U.S. has been plagued with intermittent drought throughout its history. One of the most noted was the Dust Bowl drought, a natural disaster that severely affected much of our country during the 1930s. The drought came in three waves: 1934, 1936 and 1939 through 1940.

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How kids’ livestock shows became a cutthroat (and expensive) business

How kids’ livestock shows became a cutthroat (and expensive) business

Lydia Depillis

Washington Post

Tiffany LaRue, 17, had not been lucky with her pigs this year. One had its placenta detach, killing the embryos. Another was supposed to have been pregnant when they bought her, but wasn’t. Another, LaRue said, just simply didn’t take.

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Study examined animal welfare perceptions among public and beef producers

Study examined animal welfare perceptions among public and beef producers

Kerri Ebert

Midwest Producer

What is the relationship between consumer perceptions of animal welfare practices on farms and those of producers? Are popular media accounts of animal welfare practices truly reflective of consumer and producer perceptions?

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Times to buy or sell cattle

Times to buy or sell cattle

John Grimes


Conventional wisdom tells us that the proper strategy to investing in a business or commodity is to "Buy low and sell high!" I have heard that phrase for years and would agree that it is sound advice. However, the current outlook for the beef industry might put a different spin on the traditional investment advice.

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Southeast Field Day Generates Big Response

Southeast Field Day Generates Big Response


The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) hosted its annual field day at the Draggin’ M Ranch in El Dorado, Ark., August 22-23, 2014. With more than 225 producers in attendance, the event was fun and informative for all who participated and demonstrated a growing interest in expansion opportunities.

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